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Lospalos - Baucau


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Not being used to such a narrow bed (we have a 6’6” wide bed at home), feeling hot and cold all through the night, frequent coughing fits and needing to sit up to blow my nose, having a dry mouth, and feeling thirsty so getting up to drink several times, as well as visits to the loo, and my back and knee hurting, means I had a pretty horrid night.

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Breakfast

I must be ill since it doesn’t even occur to me to take photos of the rather lacklustre breakfast: cold, greasy fried eggs with fresh bread, plastic cheese (American-style slices), cold noodles, and cold fried bananas. There is also a tub of margarine and a jar of hazelnut spread. I try one slice of bread with an egg. I manage half.

Uma Lulik

We pass by more of the traditional spirit houses we saw yesterday – here is a recap for those who haven’t read that entry:
These sacred totem houses connect the Fatakulu people with the spirits of their ancestors, symbolising a link between the past and present, the dead and the living. Each uma lulik (literally ‘spirit house’) belongs to a specific family, but it also represents all other descendant groups that have formed a bond with it through marriages, between past and present, those who have gone and those who are still here.

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Every element of the construction of these buildings is charged with symbolism, the type of material used all have to be natural in order to tie the house with the uncertain forces of nature. The concept of Uma Lulik also includes rituals, ceremonies, and beliefs, a place where the living can communicate with their ancestors.

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Pousada Baucau

We arrive late morning back in the same hotel we stayed in two nights ago, and are thankfully able to check in straight away. We both stay in bed right through until the evening, varying between shivering cold and dripping hot. When I check my temperature, I am running a high fever of 38 °C (100.5 °F); and I have some rather panicky coughing fits (panicky because of contracting bronchitis on my travels earlier in the year, being admitted to hospital in Chile – I really don’t want to be stuck here for days!)

This evening David goes to dinner on his own, while I stay in bed.

This Grand Tour was arranged by Undiscovered Destinations.

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Posted by Grete Howard 09:02 Archived in East Timor

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Those spirit houses look so interesting! Really want to see that one day. It is really amazing!

by Ils1976

Thank you Ils, it is such an intriguing culture.

by Grete Howard

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